• (RP, GA) IPA: /tɪn(d)ʒ/

tinge (plural tinges)

  1. A small added#Adjective|added amount#Noun|amount of colour; (by extension) a small added amount of some other thing.
    Synonyms: tincture, teint, teinture
    • 1851 November 13, Herman Melville, “The Whiteness of the Whale”, in Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, 1st American edition, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers; London: Richard Bentley, OCLC 57395299 ↗, pages 216–217 ↗:
      And when we consider that other theory of the natural philosophers, that all other earthly hues—every stately or lovely emblazoning—the sweet tinges of sunset skies and woods; [...] all these are but subtile deceits, [...]
  2. The degree of vividness of a colour; hue, shade#Noun|shade, tint#Noun|tint.
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tinge (tinges, present participle tinging; past and past participle tinged)

  1. (transitive) To add a small amount of colour#Noun|colour; to tint#Verb|tint; (by extension) to add a small amount of some other thing.
    Synonyms: tinct
    • 1665, R[obert] Hooke, “Observ[ation] X. Of Metalline, and Other Real Colours.”, in Micrographia: Or Some Physiological Descriptions of Minute Bodies Made by Magnifying Glasses. With Observations and Inquiries thereupon, London: Printed by Jo[hn] Martyn, and Ja[mes] Allestry, printers to the Royal Society, […], OCLC 937019123 ↗, page 70 ↗:
      A Saline liquor therefore, mixt with another ting'd liquor, may alter the colour of it ſeveral ways, either by altering the refraction of the liquor in which the colour ſwims: or ſecondly by varying the refraction of the coloured particles, by uniting more intimately either with ſome particular corpuſcles of the tinging body, or with all of them, [...]
    • 1854 August 8, Henry D[avid] Thoreau, “The Ponds”, in Walden; or, Life in the Woods, Boston, Mass.: Ticknor and Fields, OCLC 4103827 ↗, page 214 ↗:
      As at Walden, in sultry dog-day weather, looking down through the woods on some of its bays which are not so deep but that the reflection from the bottom tinges them, its waters are of a misty bluish-green or glaucous color.
    • 1855, Robert Browning, “An Epistle Containing the Strange Medical Experience of Karshish, the Arab Physician”, in Men and Women [...] In Two Volumes, volume I, London: Chapman and Hall, […], OCLC 1561924 ↗, stanza 4, page 95 ↗:
      [N]ot, that such a fume, / Instead of giving way to time and health, / Should eat itself into the life of life, / As saffron tingeth flesh, blood, bones and all!
    • 1860, George Eliot [pseudonym; Mary Ann Evans], “Outside Dorlcote Mill”, in The Mill on the Floss [...] In Three Volumes, volume I, Edinburgh; London: William Blackwood and Sons, OCLC 80067893 ↗, book I (Boy and Girl), page 1 ↗:
      On this mighty tide the black ships [...] are borne along to the town of St Ogg's, which shows its aged, fluted red roofs and the broad gables of its wharves between the low wooded hill and the river brink, tinging the water with a soft purple hue under the transient glance of this February sun.
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To affect#Verb|affect or alter slightly, particularly due to the actual or metaphorical influence#Noun|influence of some element or thing.
  3. (intransitive) To change#Verb|change slightly in shade#Noun|shade due to the addition of colour; (by extension) to change slightly in quality due to the addition of some other thing.
    • [H]is virtues, as well as imperfections, are as it were tinged by a certain extravagance, which makes them particularly his, and distinguishes them from those of other men.